Peyton

So Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning divorce is finally official, the press conference was emotional but understandable. Peyton is a champion and a competitor and wants to WIN. The Colts can no longer offer him that opportunity, all the big contracts have limited the team in other areas and they need to start over. Between Manning, Clark,Wayne,Mathis and Freeney the colts would have been paying over 70 million combined he needs to start somewhere new.

I love great QB play and Manning has been terrific throughout his career. I always hope guys can finish their career where they started like Marino or Elway but that’s not the nature of the game any longer. Guys always end up going somewhere else, it happened to Montana it happened to Favre and its happening now to Manning. Now we just need to see if Manning can be the guy he was. If he can some franchise is going to go from the dog house to the pent house, now don’t get me wrong I’m not putting that team in the super bowl that would be dumb but they will definitely be good.

All the talk is that Manning wants to stay in the AFC so he doesn’t have to compete with Eli which is strange, I have to question that because I would think he would want to prove himself even more now. Eli went to Old Miss because his dad went there. Peyton went to Tennessee because he was worried about being in the shadow of his legendary father. Maybe because Peyton was so good Eli knew he would always be in his brother’s shadow not his fathers. But what about now, Eli has 2 rings and 2 SB MVP’s Peyton has 1 ring and a lot of postseason let down. Eli has been Clutch Peyton has not. Even the Super bowl Peyton won he didn’t play that great then again the bears D were pretty stout at that point. But Eli has gotten the best of Brady something Peyton has struggled with for his whole career.

If I was Peyton I would want to be in the best situation possible, to me that would be Houston, Its in his old division, they have a great back and a great WR along with a very strong defense. Denver is in and they may be a good fit they have a ton of cap space and a strong young defense. I see no way he goes to Washington but Arizona is interesting. They also have good young nucleolus and good coaching. Then there is Miami, they have a ton of space and an absolute need for Peyton but their front office is so unstable I can’t really see Peyton wanting to be there. This process will move quickly and should be completed in the next couple weeks and where ever he lands it will change the landscape of the NFL.

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bounty gate

The whole bounty scandal thing is not shocking, bounty’s and players paying each other has been happening for ages. Greg Williams and the Saints are going to be punished because Roger want to protect the sanctity of the shield. It sucks for them because they got caught, some one snitched them out. There are unwritten laws for the locker room and by divulging this information to the league those laws were violated.

I don’t want to here about the beating Brett Favre took in the 2009 NFC championship game. Every time any qb in the NFL drops back to throw a pass he has eleven guys ready to rip his head off. To say oh I can see a point where the saints or Redskins or any other team Williams has coached were trying to hurt someone is ridiculous. Football is a violent game and hitting people hard is what causes fumbles and turnovers so it’s the defenders job to play like that.

In Goodell’s new NFL he is trying to limit the violence and that should be applauded its always sad when you here about some old timer (50’s for NFL PLAYERS) that cant move around because of all the trama his body took when he was playing. Look Football players know what they sign up for its part of their life and it’s the price they pay for the chance to live like kings and support their families. Goodell has instituted policies that limit hits to the head and harming players in defensless positions and it will help going forward.

What player safety is really about is greed, by moving the kick off up and instituting all the penalties and fines that come with big hits the NFL is making the games safer to the players so they can extend the league to an 18 game season which equals more money for the owners. The NFL is already the most lucrative sport in the US maybe the world and the TV deals coming up will just make it richer. We are moving towards having games 4 days per week and every team will be in a primetime game.

So the Saints got caught up in bounty gate when it really shouldn’t matter. The punishment will be harsh but it wont stop this from continuing to happen. Sean Peyton was aware of it but didn’t do anything why should he? Its probably been around in every locker room he has ever been in. the cart off part is definitely harsh but guys get paid to make plays and them betting each other on who will make the most or the biggest will always be part of the game.

THE PLAYOFF’S ARE HERE!!!! kinda

 

The BCS is dead well kind of, after the completion of the 2014 college football season the current BCS contract will have run its course and a new playoff model will be put in place. This is what the college football world needs. For too long we have been waiting on computers and college coaches with agendas to determine who gets a chance to play for the title. A playoff system is only fair.

As constituted right now, the 4 conference champs rated highest in the polls will play head to head with the two highest ranking teams playing home games and the a neutral site NC game to be played somewhere around New Years day. What isn’t determined is if its all conferences or just BCS conferences, I don’t really know if that matters because all the small programs that have been top 5 teams in the last 10 years have basically moved to BCS conferences or will have by the end of the current BCS contract.

This will make for fantastic football mid December in stead of meaningless bowl games. Yes there will still be like 100 bowl games but there are only 3 games that really matter. This year would have pitted Wisconsin @ LSU and Oregon at Oklahoma State, could you imagine? But what does this scenario leave out? Oh yea are eventual national champion Alabama. Whatever I don’t care two teams that play in the same conference should not play for the title, Bama had a chance to win its conference and blew it by missing field goals.

The onus should be put on winning a conference championship to get to a playoff if you don’t win you go to a minor bowl game plain and simple. Conferences continue to get deeper and tougher to win, and I can envision teams winning conferences with 2 losses and still making the playoffs. That’s where the rankings still come into play. If Uconn wins the big east at 8-4 and Nebraska wins the Big 10 at 8-4 but the big ten is a tougher conference they will be higher in the polls and go in over Uconn. That makes sense. It will definitely be tough for a Big East team to make it to the playoffs unless they go undefeated. The conference is that weak.

All this being said one change you may see is more teams lowering their strength of schedule, why play more tough games if all you need to do is win your conference, why would LSU schedule Oregon when they already play a tough SEC schedule and no matter what if they win SEC title game they will be in the playoffs.

This also lets us knock off pretenders as well we have seen every year that teams from outside the SEC usually are over matched when they play in the NC game now those teams will have to play a really tough opponent to even get in the game and with the conference championship games in the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 16, SEC and ACC you will now have to play 2 tough games to get to that point so for all intensive purposes its really a ten team playoff. Unless of course there is an upset, like say this year because of USC’s probation a 6-6 UCLA team got to play Oregon for the pac 16 title and if they had won some how they would have been left out of the playoffs, hell if UCLA beat Oregon the Ducks couldn’t even argue that they deserved to be in the playoffs anyways.

I really love it, conference championship games carry so much more meaning now and that 4 team playoff that follows will for sure be some excellent football. I mean could you imagine the game between the Cowboys and Ducks this year it would have been like 92-87 lol, but OSU would have gotten an opportunity to try that offense out against a stout SEC defense. Coaches are probably going to hate this because now you have to win 3 more games to win the NC but no one will be able to say it wasn’t earned or someone shouldn’t have been there and that’s what we want that’s what we need.

 

2015 cant come soon enough.